Hayat was born in Mogadishu (Somalia) in 1989 but she had to flee from her country when she was hardly two years old due to the break out of armed conflict that continues to today. She went through Dadaab (Kenya) which today is the largest refugee camp in the world. She then lived in Kenya and Tanzania and 12 years ago she ended up in Spain from where she has followed the various phases of the interminable Somali war with sadness.
Over 20 years later Hayat is preparing herself to get to know the region in the north of Somalia of which her mother recounts her family stories; Somaliland. Although it is not internationally recognized, declared its independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991 at the beginning of Somali war. From then it has managed to resurge from thes ashes, build a functional state with its own political institutions, a democratically elected president (in elections with international observers) and even its own currency. In stark contrast to Somalia which is still in the throes of armed conflict and under the influence of radical Islam and anarchy, Somaliland enjoys surprising peace and stability in this part of the Horn of Africa.
The documentary narrates Hayat’s emotional journey in the hope of regaining contact with her roots and her visit to this country that is unknown to the world and that is fighting for international recognition and functions autonomously.
Hayat is going to meet the inhabitants and the main leaders of the country in order to get to know how it functions without international aid. She will also get to know the managers of the main companies in the region as well as see for herself its health and educational needs and the incipient interest of investors in the country. She will also find out about the Diaspora and its important contribution in the reconstruction of the country and the continued survival of families.
The project aims to lay bare how the country functions as Hayat meets and converses with the protagonists.
Somaliland is a de facto independent state that is not internationally recognized. It is located in the north western part of Somalia, in the Horn of Africa in East Africa. It borders with Aden to the North, with Puntlandia in the East and with Ethiopia to the South and South-West and with Djibouti to the West (58 km). On 18th May 1991 the clans in the north of Somalia declared the Republic of Somaliland which is composed of Awdal, Hargeisa, Togdheer, Sanaag and Sool administrative regions.
Somaliland is not recognized internationally but it has a government, currency and constitution and is better developed economically and enjoys much more political stability than Somalia aided by the influence of a dominant clan.